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Hot Tamale Surprise

Main Dishes

One-Dish Meals



1 can crescent rolls
6 to 8 hot tamales, unwrapped
4 green onions, chopped
1 (4.5-oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small- to medium-size tomato, diced
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls. Place wide ends of crescent rolls in the center of a pizza stone or heavy cooking sheet. Mash wide ends together, closing up any gaps. Coarsely chop the hot tamales. Add onions, olives, black beans and tomato. Mix and then stir in cheese. Place hot tamale mixture by the spoonful into the center of the crescent rolls. Do not pile too high. Lightly mash down the mixture if necessary. (You might not use all of the mixture.) Bring the pointed ends of the rolls up and over the hot tamale mixture. The seams along the sides may be open. Bake at 375 F for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly cover with foil. Return to oven and continue to bake for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving as an appetizer.


From “Delta Hot Tamales: History, Stories & Recipes,” Anne Martin

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